Career Resources for Students with Disabilities
We at the Cawley Career Education Center are committed to helping students with visible and non-visible disabilities find gainful and satisfying employment. To this end, we’ve compiled a list of resources for you, which we hope will help with questions you may have about disclosure, accommodations and your legal rights. This list is by no means exhaustive. We’ve also provided some sites where you can begin your search for a job or internship. Finally, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our career counselors or industry advisors. We are here to assist you with every step of this process.
Job and Internship Resources
Workforce Recruitment Program – WRP connects undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates with disabilities who are interested paid internships and full-time opportunities to private sector employers and federal agencies.
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities – Discover how COSD can help you find a meaningful career as you navigate through school.
Bender Consulting: Assists individuals with disabilities in getting hired and recruited for positions within the private and public sector.
Lime Connect: This organization assists student with scholarships, professional development webinars along with information about internships and full-time job opportunities.
American Association for Advancement of the Sciences Entry Point: is a program that offers internship opportunities for students with disabilities. Internships will range in discipline from Computer Science, Business to Science and Engineering.
disABLEd Person, Inc.: Great resource for job listings and scholarship information.
The National Business and Disability Council at the Viscardi Center: Provides students with internship and leadership development opportunities.
The American Association of People with Disabilities: This organization provides a Congressional Internship Program for college students with disabilities. It’s open to undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to recent grads.
Great With Disability: Its mission is to ensure that having a disability or long-term health condition doesn’t prevent anyone from having the career that they want to have. Not only does it want disabled individuals to realize their career ambitions, it also wants employers to benefit from the unique talents and strengths that disabled individuals can, and do, bring to an organization.
The Sierra Group: One stop shop for disability training recruiting and other career needs.
Federal Jobs Net: Helps disabled individuals find federal government employment.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM): Consult the “Job Seekers with Disabilities” link for a variety of resources.
Ability Links: Job opportunity website for people with disabilities.
Hire Disability Solutions: Job opportunity website for people with disabilities and employers seeking to recruit them.
Professional Organizations and Associations
Most professional associations offer student memberships at a discount, and memberships usually come with access to programs such as speaker events and job fairs.
- Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities
- American Foundation for the Blind
- U.S. Business Leadership Network
- Association for Higher Education and Disability
- American Association of People with Disabilities
- National Organization on Disability
- National Business & Disability Council
- Job Accommodation Network – JAN has information on job accommodations and additional resources.
- Office of Disability and Employment Policy – Provides articles and resources on national leadership focused on disability and employment policy.
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Titles I and V: Specific information on employment discrimination laws.
- Respect Ability: Source for news, education and other resources regarding issues facing people with disabilities.